i could barely feel my frozen cold hands, but i gently put the camera away to answer my phone. i was shooting for birmingham’s first annual faces of adoption calendar, and everything was abuzz with excitement over the 20+ families that had gathered from around the city – around the world, really – to celebrate adoption and share its life-changing effect on little lives and new families.  my friends, dylan and carrie, had just left from having their pictures taken with mila, who had come home just a few months earlier.

but now, i couldn’t believe what i was hearing on the other end of the line.

they had been expecting news of another child…a daughter. but an urgent call came with the announcement of a days-old baby boy who needed a family. it didn’t take more than a whisper of a prayer to know that everything was changing. they were going to have a son.

carrie has spent the past three weeks alone in congo while dylan cared for mila here, but last night they finally came together as a family of four. for me it seemed like carrie’s plane would never land. i can only imagine what it felt like for these two…


but amidst the buzz of the busy airport, anxiety turned to joy when carrie and hudson finally rounded the corner.


and just like that, the opportunity came for carrie to introduce the two most important men in her life.


after some private moments alone upstairs, the new family of four made their way down the escalator to a host of excited family and friends.


but even more than the contagious smiles i saw at every turn, i was struck by two things: a daddy who couldn’t take his eyes off of his son and a mommy and daughter who held tight enough to one another to make up for the three weeks they were separated.


dylan, carrie, mila, and hudson – it has been our immeasurable joy to walk along beside you through these journeys of adoption. we love you dearly and are overwhelmed with thankfulness for how the lord has created your precious family.


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10 Responses to welcome home, hudson {birmingham family photography}

  1. Carrie says:

    Oooooooooh Allison!!!!!!!!! You never cease to amaze, with your beautiful words, amazing story telling ability, and of course, your exquisite photography. Thank you sooooooooo much again for capturing yet another one of the most precious days in the lives of the Taylor family. We love you and yours dearly, and CANNOT thank you enough for this irreplaceable gift.

  2. Lynn Fugaro says:

    These photos are amazing! Breathtaking. Beautiful. Soulful.

    Thanks for sharing them!

  3. Blue says:

    These are beautiful, Allison! I love the last shot. Congratulations to the new arrival and his family!

  4. Lora Lynn says:

    Oh, the one of Carrie and Mila SLAYS me. I HATE that I couldn’t be there, but I’m so glad I knew you were taking pictures and documenting it. Welcome home, Hudson!

  5. Kristi Thomas says:

    So precious! I’m so happy they have Hudson home!!

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  7. Kelsi says:

    …crying! It’s kind of like photographing a birth, huh? fantastic job!

  8. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! God is good!

  9. Katie says:

    Praise the Lord! He is good! Great pictures Allison. What a precious family.

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